The Canada Auction Series: Inuit Art

May 27June 01, 2023
Auction begins to close at 7:00 pm ET

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LOT 145

Lot 145

Kenojuak Ashevak ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CC, RCA (1927-2013)

Kenojuak Ashevak ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CC, RCA (1927-2013)
Lot 145 Details
Kenojuak Ashevak ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CC, RCA (1927-2013), Kinngait (Cape Dorset)

BIRD, CA. 1971

signed in syllabics
3.5 x 3 x 1.5 in — 8.9 x 7.6 x 3.8 cm

Estimate $400-$600

Realised: $947.10
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Kenojuak Ashevak ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CC, RCA (1927-2013)
  • Kenojuak Ashevak ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CC, RCA (1927-2013)
  • Kenojuak Ashevak ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CC, RCA (1927-2013)
  • Kenojuak Ashevak ᑭᓄᔭᐊ ᐊᓯᕗ, CC, RCA (1927-2013)
  • 3D Image

Private Collection, Ontario, acquired directly from the artist


This sculpture comes with excellent provenance; a gift from the artist. The consignor tells the following story:

“My mother’s gallery held the annual World Premiere of that year’s Dorset collection and we requested that Kenojuak and Johnniebo attend in person in Halifax. We toured them all over the province, where Kenojuak ate her first live oyster from the Northumberland Strait (she smiled but didn’t ask for a second helping), and Johnniebo showed us boys the proper way to use a 22-calibre rifle. We were excited to see a seal near the dock but they were unimpressed. By this time Kenojuak had begun making carvings and had the little one currently in the auction with her. One for me and one for my brother.”

Though Kenojuak is best known for her drawings and prints, she learned traditional skills from her grandmother Koweesa, and began to make sculptures in her early twenties alongside Johnniebo. Though the medium might not feel “quintessentially Kenojuak,” the subject matter certainly is: Kenojuak had a lifelong fascination with birds, and they form the core of her celebrated oeuvre.

This small red sculpture would be an excellent acquisition for the consummate Kenojuak collector.


Overall very good condition.

Please contact the specialist for further condition information.

LOT 145

About Condition Ratings

  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

Note: Condition ratings and condition details are the subjective opinions of our specialists and should be used as a guide only. Waddington’s uses due care when preparing condition details, however, our staff are not professional restorers or conservators. Condition details and reports are not warranties and each lot is sold “as is” in accordance with the buyer’s terms and conditions of sale. In all cases the prospective purchaser is responsible for inspecting the property themselves prior to placing a bid.